Instead of the gradual path, you could have a crack at the zen path. It's a bit more straightforward:
1. Get your sitting posture stable - it's import to get the right posture
2. Just sit
3. Keep sitting
At a certain point, something will trigger a moment of perfect clarity in the mind. You may be out shopping, you may be at the zoo, you may see a leaf flutter out of the corner of your eye - it could be anything.
It just happens by itself